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Today's News

  • Welcome vernal equinox (spring)

    It’s hard to believe, but there are signs. The yellow daffodil defying the snow. The sound of the bat making contact with a baseball from area ballfields. The engines roaring from Lancaster Motor Speedway. The annual festivals. The little buds about to burst on the flowering trees.

  • Health-care bill passes against will of people

    On March 21, the Democratic controlled Congress passed President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional health-care bill against the will of the majority of Americans. Before the vote, opinion polls were showing between 55-65 percent of citizens were against the bill.

    I guess we are learning elections do have consequences. Never has Congress passed such a sweeping piece of legislation affecting every American with the support of only one party and against the will of a majority of its citizens.

  • Upgrades under way at city’s wastewater plant

    Upgrades to the city of Lancaster’s wastewater- treatment plant are under way.

    City Council was updated at its March 9 meeting about the plans for the plant, which includes the installation of a chemical-feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The system will also control the pH levels.

    The city is also converting the plant’s disinfection system from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

  • Native American Studies Week starts Saturday

    There’s plenty opportunity in the next few days to get a healthy sample of Catawba Indian art and culture.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is hosting its fifth annual Native American Studies Week, beginning Saturday with the Native American Festival at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The festival will be similar to the Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) Festival that was held at USCL in November 2007 and 2008.

  • Politician who favors abortion is liberal of the worst kind

    Jesus was considered blasphemous by the religious leaders of his day because he claimed to be the son of God, the only way to heaven. It had nothing to do with hair length or liberal American politicians who support abortion.

  • Grandmother seeks help finding cure for diabetes

    It’s that time of year again. We are getting ready for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. With your support, we hope all children with diabetes will be cured.

    I am the grandmother of two wonderful young girls with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

  • Airport project to begin in April

    Construction crews will begin concrete runway work at the Lancaster County Airport next month.

    The project, which will replace the top portion of the asphalt runway with 7.5 inches of concrete, is intended to strengthen the aging runway and make conditions safer for airplanes.

    The first phase of the project will involve shaving off the surface of the 6,000-foot asphalt runway and then pouring concrete over the remaining asphalt.

    The runway’s concrete work will be done in six separate, narrow bands that extend from each end of the runway.

  • County will have to update its traffic signs

    County officials are developing a plan to address the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street-name signs in Lancaster County.

    In an effort to make roads safer throughout the country, the Federal Highway Administration mandated a few years ago that all traffic signs meet new reflective standards.

    The FHA requires that all traffic signs feature retroreflective properties, which means light from cars bounces off the signs, making them more visible to drivers.

  • Closure is also needed in Dr. Pittman's murder

    Over the past six weeks, The Lancaster News has featured its highly read Cold Case series about unsolved murders in Lancaster County dating back some 40 years.

    During those weeks, some faces from the past have rekindled reflections of those crime stories. Some of those I recall, like the late Harry Frazier, a gifted athlete in his day, playing youth sports in Lancaster.

  • City pledges support for proposed 15-county Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster City Council is supporting the effort to start a proposed regional nature trail.

    Travis Morehead, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail organization, gave a presentation at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, informing council members on the group’s plan to connect hiking trails, natural greenways and significant historical sites across a 15-county area.

    Landsford Canal State Park, the 40 Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park are among the local attractions expected to be part of the trail.